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Copy of SRA Senior Job Search Timeline

2014 Winter Workshop
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Alison Asher White

on 24 November 2014

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Transcript of Copy of SRA Senior Job Search Timeline

JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
ONGOING: JOB SEARCH STRATEGY
The Successful Internship
Timeline


Google yourself
Facebook profile picture, social media privacy settings
Review your voice mail and email signature block
SEEK CAREER ADVICE
Track all of your job search activity. Use Excel worksheets (or another tool like jibberjobber.com) to track:

o All Online Applications and Resume Submissions
o Interviews, Interview Contact Info, Thank You Notes, Follow-up
o Networking Contacts: track potential contacts, referral source (LinkedIn, alums, family, etc.), outreach activity, thank you notes, follow-up timeline etc.
o Companies/Organizations

Update resume
Create cover letters
Share materials with your Advisor for feedback
Identify 3-4 people to serve as references and ask them to write you a letter of recommendation
Professional
Extracurricular Advisors
College Administrators
College Professors
Personal Professional Acquaintances
The Offer Process

1. Phone Screen with a Recruiter
2. Round One Interview
3. Round Two Interview
4. Receive an Offer
5. Accept, Decline, Negotiate
LEVERAGE LINKEDIN AND EXPAND NETWORK
Utilize LinkedIn to tap deeply into networks and to organize your contacts
Join the College Alumni group to stay connected with other graduates
Fine tune your list of potential network contacts and set a goal to contact 5+ a week
Research and join at least one professional association in your field
Face-to-face meeting and telephone were most prevalent forms of networking. Email and online networking only account for
6%.
Networking was the most effective method at
34%
and applying online was second with a
26%
success rate. Among networking approaches, referrals from within the organization (
18%
) and outside the organization (
9%
) are the most successful ways to land the opportunity. (Impact Group 2010)

26.7%
of external hires made by organizations came from referrals, making it the number one external source of hiring for the participating firms.
PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS
Know the company
Know the interviewers
Craft an answer to the question, "tell me about yourself."
Prepare answers to typical questions about your greatest strength and greatest weakness, and why you want the job
Practice aloud
Craft three questions
Bring your job portfolio
Review job etiquette tips and invest in appropriate attire for interviews
RESEARCH SALARIES AND COST OF LIVING

Conduct preliminary research on starting salaries and ranges for your intended job target
Determine cost of living for opportunities

Resources:
http://www.jobsearchintelligence.com/salary-calculator-intro-etc
http://www.careeronestop.org/SalariesBenefits/Relocating/DecidingToMove.aspx?frd=true
http://www.rileyguide.com/salguides.html
http://www.nerdwallet.com/cost-of-living-calculator/
http://www.glassdoor.com/index.html
TRACK OUTREACH AND FOLLOW-UP
FUN FACT
Research occupations and career fields
Conduct one informational interview a week
FUN FACTS

According to a study commissioned by Microsoft,
79%
of employers now conduct an online search of applicants. Fully
70%
say they have turned down applicants by what they found online. However, only 7% of job applicants were concerned about their online reputations.

According to career coach Julie Jansen,
85%
of hiring managers use social networking sites like LinkedIn to look for potential candidates who’ve been referred by other professionals.

31%
of people have never conducted a search on their own name using a search engine to learn what is visible to potential employers.
1. Express appreciation
2. Explain reasons for your counter-offer, such as education, market research, cost of living
3. Be realistic in what you ask for
4. Describe your counter-offer and be specific!
5. WAIT – be patient. It may take the employer some time to respond to your counter-offer

Identify areas where you have family and friends and potential housing
CAREER EXPLORATION
DEVELOP JOB MATERIALS
PROFESSIONALIZE YOUR LIFE
WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST!
FUN FACTS
SHORTLIST PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS
REFERENCES
JOB HUNTING EVENTS
Attend all college job fairs and employer information sessions offered on campus
Participate in regional job fairs to connect with potential employers
Create a 30 second elevator speech in preparation of events
Percentage breakdown of search efforts
CREATE A WEEKLY JOB SEARCH ROUTINE
Schedule a call with your SRA Career Advisor to discuss job search progress
THIRD PARTY RECRUITERS
What's in your job portfolio?
Copies of your resume
Transcript (if GPA above a 3.0)
Work and writing samples
Awards and Recognition
Letters of Recommendation

Reach out to Executive Recruiters for full-time and temporary job lead assistance

Premier Staffing: www.pstaffing.com
Maven Recruiting: www.mavenrec.com
McCall Staffing: www.mccallstaffing.com
Innovations: www.innovationssf.com
People Connect: www.people-connection.com

Offer Components

Job Title
Exempt vs Non-Exempt
Work location
Compensation
Sign-On Bonus
Performance Bonus
Relocation Bonus
Stock and Options
Start Date
Other considerations that will not be included: Vacation, Sick Leave,
Health Benefits, 401k, Tuition Reimbursement
5 STEPS FOR SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATION
Monday
(5 minutes) Scan your feed on your LinkedIn homepage for interesting articles from your chosen LinkedIn Today channels or the Influencers you follow. If you see an article that interests you, quickly skim it and click “like” to acknowledge the person who posted it.
(25 minutes) Search for jobs that are posted on LinkedIn, Indeed, and College Career Site

Tuesday
(5 minutes) Scroll through your feed again for the first five minutes. This time, comment on the status updates of a few of your connections.
(5 minutes) Visit your favorite LinkedIn Groups. Post some thoughts on a Featured Discussion or do a search on your area of interest and comment on a discussion related to that topic.
(5 minutes) Make sure your LinkedIn Inbox is clear. Respond to messages and connection requests to show people who reach out to you that you are eager to build and nurture your professional relationships.

Wednesday
(5 minutes) Spend time in your home feed and share your own status update.
(10 minutes) Expand your network by using LinkedIn’s Alumni tool
Develop a list of 10 ideal employers
75% of all available jobs are never advertised. A job seeker must use more assertive methods to uncover these positions
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